SAN ANTONIO – Despite a hot first quarter, the San Antonio Spurs fell 112-92 to the Golden State Warriors at the AT&T Center on Thursday night.
The loss was the fourth straight for San Antonio, who have not won since October 25 in Miami. The Spurs had their best first quarter of the season, leading by as many as 18, and were on top by five at halftime.
Golden State’s offense was too much in the second half for the Silver and Black, who were missing MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard. Here is what went good and bad, as well as three standout players for the Spurs: LaMarcus Aldridge, Kyle Anderson, and Pau Gasol.
- The Spurs started the game well, shooting 65 percent from three-point range. San Antonio led 31-13 midway through the first quarter and up by nine at the end of the opening period.
- LaMarcus Aldridge had a solid night, despite shooting 36 percent. He fought his way through double teams as Golden State sent Draymond Green and Javale McGee at the Spurs forward.
- San Antonio’s bench struggled all night long, with no one from the second unit getting in double figures. The Spurs’ bench had just 27 points compared to 20 for Golden State.
- The Spurs shot 7-of-24 (29 percent) from three point range, a recipe for disaster against the offensively superior Warriors shooting.
Three Standout Players:
That is a massive improvement for the 32-year-old, who disappeared last season during San Antonio’s Western Conference Finals run. This is a positive sign for Spurs fans, who can only imagine how the game would have gone on Thursday if a healthy Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker were on the floor.
Despite the loss, Head Coach Gregg Popovich can see this as an encouraging sign for his team. Anderson showing the aggression and toughness will only make the Spurs that much more dangerous when they face the Warriors with a fully healthy squad.
Up next: The Spurs are now 4-4 on the season and will return to the court tomorrow night for a rare home-and-home back to back against the Charlotte Hornets at 7:30 p.m. at the AT&T Center.